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    SubjectRe: pivot_root and initrd kernel panic woes
    Boy, what a detailed report!

    I never used lilo, but:

    > After which I added this line my /etc/lilo.conf file:
    > image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.9-12smp
    > label=2.4.9smp
    > append="initrd=/boot/initrd-2.4.9-12smp.img root=/dev/ram0
    > init=/linuxrc rw"
    > Reran lilo
    > [root@tinkerbell /root]# lilo -v
    > LILO version 21.4-4, Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
    > 'lba32' extensions Copyright (C) 1999,2000 John Coffman
    > Reading boot sector from /dev/sda
    > Merging with /boot/boot.b
    > Mapping message file /boot/message
    > Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.2-2smp
    > Mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd-2.4.2-2smp.img
    > Added linux
    > Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.2-2
    > Mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd-2.4.2-2.img
    > Added linux-up *
    > Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.9-12smp ## Entry for SMP kernel
    > Added 2.4.9smp
    > Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.9-12-smp-4th
    > Added custom
    > /boot/boot.0800 exists - no backup copy made.
    > Writing boot sector.

    "Mapping RAM disk" seems to be missing for 2.4.9-12, so you'll get:

    > "VFS: Cannot open root device "ram0" or 01:00
    > Please append a correct "root=" boot option
    > Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 01:00 "

    Check your lilo conf. Include it in your reply.

    BTW, don't go for 2.4x, x>10. initrd is broken there and is still unfixed.
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